Thursday, February 7, 2019

Biology Field Course Explores the Health of Coral Reefs in the Bahamas

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – They’ve traded scuba tanks for sweaters as the reality of Vermont winter settles back in, but for 10 students and three faculty members on a J-term research trip, the Bahamas offered a brief respite from the snow and ice. The group was part of a winter term course called Advanced Field Biology, which focused on coral reef conservation and genetics in the waters surrounding the Abaco Islands.

Led by biology professors Jeremy Ward, Steve Trombulak, and Erin Eggleston, with collaboration from Dr. Craig Dahlgren of the Perry Institute for Marine Science, the class spent the first week of winter term in a Middlebury classroom, learning about reef biology and organisms, marine protected area considerations and rapid ecological assessments, reef microbiomes, and reef genetics and genomics.  Read more >>